[Received February 15, 1918]

#23

Peahen Hotel,

St. Albans,

January 24, 1918

Dear Mother and Father:

I have just finished the main part of a very wonderful day. I have had 45 minutes stunting instructions (dual), and 45 minutes practice (solo). All the sensations are fairly mild and all the tricks are slow enough for you realize your condition and bearings most of the time. They don’t seem to be very difficult, although I cannot do them well yet. Although it is all milder than I expected, it is the most wonderful sport.

I have not time to give any details as I am waiting here to be met by and to spend the evening with a 1st Lt. of the 53rd Queens Reg. I just want to tell you that I am all over the critical stage of solo and my reflex seems to be working O.K. I did 4 left hand Immelmans, one right hand one, and four loops. Loops are the simplest thing you can imagine. It is great sport to stick your shoulders under the cockpit, swing to the safety belt, and hold on to the “stick” for dear life and watch the earth roll all around you, up over your back, around your side, straight in front, any old way.

Lovingly,

Parr

(Life has picked up a bit!)

I got your letter of Jan. 3rd, via. B.S. & Co.

Parr was practicing an air combat manoeuver named after German ace Max Immelmann (1890–1916). Parr describes it in some detail in his letter of January 26, 1918, below.